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DRIVE Excellence 09 
Message from
AIA Indiana Executive Director Jason Shelley 
 Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can answer any questions regarding legislative issues.  




 AIA Indiana in Action!


Sen. Kenley and Bill Payne, AIA

(L-R) State Senator Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville) and Bill Payne, AIA


 Rep. Thompson and Dan Overbey, AIA

 (L-R) Rep. Jeff Thompson (R-Lizton) and Dan Overbey, AIA


Joe Bilello, FAIA

Joe Bilello, FAIA testifying in the House Judiciary Committee in favor of HB 1027 - Good Samaritan Provisions for the Architectural Profession  


Rep. Torr speaking to AIA Indy

Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) speaking to AIA Indianapolis members. 


Carolyn Schleif, AIA and Rep. Steve Braun

(L-R) Carolyn Schleif, AIA and Rep. Steve Braun (R-Zionsville)



Dan Overbey, AIA and Sen. Miller

(L-R) Dan Overbey, AIA and Sen. Peter Miller (R-Avon)



Rep. Torr and Bill Payne

(L-R) Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) and Bill Payne, AIA


 Donna Sink and Rep. Peggy Mayfield

(L-R) Donna Sink, AIA and Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville)



 Terry Bradbury, AIA and Rep. Ed Clere

(L-R) Terry Bradbury, AIA and Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany)



Jim Schellinger, AIA

Jim Schellinger, AIA testifying in the House Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee 



Hal Kovert, AIA 

 Hal Kovert, AIA testifying in the House Local Government Committee 



Hal Kovert, AIA and Rep. Stemler

 (L-R) Hal Kovert, AIA and Rep. Steve Stemler (D-Jeffersonville)



Senator John Broden

Sen. John Broden (D-South Bend) speaking to AIA Northern Indiana Chapter mebers.



YAF at the Statehouse

  2012 YAF/AIA Indiana Day at Statehouse 


Sen. Kenley and Jeremy Stroebel

 (L-R) Sen. Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville) and Jeremy Stroebel, Assoc. AIA 


Rep. Greg Porter and Sanford Garner, AIA

(L-R) Rep. Greg Porter (D-Indianapolis) and

Sanford Garner, AIA


Jim Kienle, FAIA and Marsh Davis

(L-R) Jim Kienle, FAIA and Marsh Davis, Indiana Landmarks. 



Jim Kienle, FAIA and Jason Shelley

(L-R) Jim Kienle, FAIA and Jason Shelley, AIA Indiana & AIA Indianapolis Executive Director.



Rep. Ed Clere and Jason Shelley

 (L-R) Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany) and Jason Shelley, AIA Indiana & AIA Indianapolis Executive Director



 Jason Shelley and Dana Wannemacher, AIA

(L-R) Jason Shelley, AIA Indiana & AIA Indianapolis Executive Director, and Dana Wannemacher, AIA



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 Session Halfway Point Reached -  

A couple wins, a couple defeats and a draw

March 6, 2013


The Indiana General Assembly session has reached the halfway point and AIA Indiana has had a few victories (Good Samaritan, Mass Transit, amended out of the ERASER bill), a couple defeats (Construction Manager as Constructor and historic preservation tax credit), and a draw (guaranteed energy savings contracts). The session is scheduled to conclude April 29, 2013. Detailed information regarding the aforementioned issues are explained below.


YAF Day at the Statehouse 2013 

(L-R) Brandon Farley, AIA, Ben McGhee, Assoc. AIA, Michela Cupello, Assoc. AIA, Rob Bray, AIA


HB 1011 - public mass transportation, authored by Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel), and co-authored by Rep. Greg Porter (D-Indianapolis), Rep. Cherrish Pryor (D-Indianapolis), and Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Indianapolis), passed out of the House of Representatives with a vote count of 56-39. It will now be debated in the Senate.


Tad Lupton and Sen. Merritt 

(L-R) Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis), Tad Lupton, AIA, and Lesa Dietrick, Ice Miller/AIA Indiana lobbyist


HB 1011 would create in Central Indiana a nine-county transit district and allow ballot questions in Marion and Hamilton counties on whether to raise local income taxes to help fund increased mass transit options. CLICK HERE to view a mass transit issue brief.


Your help is needed on this issue. Please contact your state senator and ask them to support HB 1011.


State Senate Phone - 800/382-9467



HB 1027 - Good Samaritan Provisions for the Architectural Profession, authored by Rep. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper), provides civil immunity to a registered architect or professional engineer who provides, without compensation, professional services related to a declared emergency. The bill passed out of the House with a vote count of 93-0. The bill will now move on to the Senate for consideration. Senate sponsors are Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) and Sen. Tim Lanane (D-Anderson). CLICK HERE to view an AIA Good Samaritan Provisions for Architects Issue Brief.


SB 520 - ERASER, creates the Eliminate, Reduce, and Streamline Employee Regulation (ERASER) Committee to study professional licensing in Indiana and creates a five-year cycle for sunsetting professional licenses. The bill, authored by Sen. Randy Head (R- Logansport) and a part of Gov. Pence's legislative agenda, requires the ERASER Committee to review license registration on a five-year cycle and issue a report to the General Assembly. Unless the General Assembly takes action to retain the licenses, they will be terminated.


AIA Indiana lobbyists worked hard and were able to get the architecture profession amended out of the bill. Without that amendment architect licenses would have been evaluated and then terminated July 1, 2014 unless the General Assembly passed legislation in the 2014 session to retain the licenses.


SB 520 passed out of the Senate and will now be debated in House. AIA Indiana will continue to closely monitor this legislation as it moves through the process.


Brandon Farley and Sen. Waltz 

(L-R) Brandon Farley, AIA and Sen. Brent Waltz (R-Greenwood)


HB 1207 - Construction Manager as Constructor (CMc), authored by Rep. Randy Truitt (R-West Lafayette), would allow public higher education institutions the option to use CMc. The bill was heard in the House Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee but no vote was taken. Interested parties were unable to come to an agreement on multiple issues proposed in the bill. HB 1207 is dead for this session.


CMc is a statutory framework and process where a governmental entity is authorized to enter into a contract with a constructor soon after engaging a design professional and before the design process has moved forward. This structure encourages early collaboration and interactions between design professionals and construction experts which should add efficiencies and value to projects.  Efficiencies and added value, as follows, are particularly important in the context of publicly-funded projects. AIA Indiana supports the adoption of a CMc statute and will continue to pursue successful passage of it into law.


HB 1036 - guaranteed energy savings contracts, authored by Rep. Steve Stemler (D-Jeffersonville), allows a licensed architect to enter into a guaranteed energy savings contract with a local unit of government. Currently, only licensed engineers can be providers. The bill was heard in the House Local Government Committee and AIA Indiana testified in favor of the bill. No vote was taken on the bill and interested parties agreed to work on this issue post-session in an effort to reach a compromise. This proposal will likely be brought forward again in the 2014 session of the Indiana General Assembly.


Do not hesitate to contact AIA Indiana Executive Director Jason Shelley, jshelley@aiaindiana.org, 317-634-6993, if you have questions or concerns regarding these or any other issues.



Indiana Satehouse
 AIA Indiana Days at the Statehouse 

Use your clout and support your profession by attending an "AIA Indiana Day at the Statehouse."  This is a unique opportunity for you to learn firsthand about the key AIA state legislative and regulatory issues and become a lobbyist for day. You will be able to use your clout to directly impact the legislative process by meeting with your state legislators and discussing the issues important to architects. Current dates available include: March 11, 18, 25, 27, and 28.  Please choose a date and RSVP to AIA Indiana Executive Director Jason Shelley, jshelley@aiaindiana.org, 317/634-6993. The day will begin at 12 p.m. with lunch and end no later than 3 p.m. A unified voice is vital.  Don't wait to get involved!



Rep Ed Clere

(Far Upper Right) Rep. Ed. Clere (R-New Albany) speaking to AIA Southern Indiana Chapter members at Kovert Hawkins Architects' office in Jeffersonville, IN.


"Lobbying Basics for Communicating with Your Local Legislators"


*Take a personal inventory of how you know legislators with whom you have a personal relationship (political or civic activities, church, business relationships, etc.)

*If you are having an open house, or important press release or ribbon cutting event, add your local legislators to the mailing list.

*Ask legislators and other elected officials to attend local AIA chapter meetings.

*Invite your local legislators to visit your firm.

*Invite your local legislator to lunch or coffee.

Do not hesitate to contact AIA Indiana Executive Director Jason Shelley, 317/634-6993 or jshelley@aiaindiana.org, if you have any questions.



2011 AIA IN at Grassroots    
(L-R) Dan Sullivan, AIA, Lisa Gomperts, AIA, and Scott Pannicke, AIA


2013 AIA Grassroots Leadership Conference, Washington D.C. - March 20-23, 2013 - All members are welcome to attend! Registration ends March 8!


This year's 2013 Grassroots Annual Leadership and Legislative Conference is designed to help AIA's leaders reach their fullest potential in their firms, components, and communities.  With a wide range of leadership opportunities being offered, the event will focus on a leadership curriculum that allows leaders to acquire and enhance their leadership skills and focus on specific hands-on practice exercises.  Continuing the Grassroots tradition, there will be many occasions for attendees to provide input on AIA initiatives and share information and ideas with AIA component staff and their counterparts from around the country.  The agenda will also include a dynamic legislative conference that will address how you can effectively influence the political arena in your community.  Two vibrant keynote speakers will provide their insights on the current and future state of the profession and organizations and our roles as leaders.


Plan to join your AIA colleagues for three and one-half days that will enlighten, inform, and inspire you.


* Network with peers and meet AIA national leaders and staff

*Advocate for the AIA's legislative agenda on Capitol Hill

*Hear and articulate ideas at the Member Congress

*Sharpen leadership skills with workshops and best practices sessions designed specifically to help you become more effective chapter and civic leaders.


Go to www.aia.org for more information.



Please contribute to the Architects for Indiana Political Action Committee (ARCHPAC).  The importance of our participation in the political process becomes evident each time we must take action to cope with legislative proposals that call for extending the sales tax to services, requiring stock school plans, or providing interior designers stamping privileges!   

Please join many of your fellow Hoosier AIA members who have already contributed and write a $50 check today to ARCHPAC and return it to AIA Indiana, 201 N. Illinois St., Suite 1410, Indianapolis, IN 46204.